If I asked you, would you say you have encountered traumatic events in your life or even have unprocessed traumatic memories?
You may think of :
· the shock of finding out that Santa Claus is not real, or that the Easter Bunny does not bring the painted eggs
· the pain of losing a loved one or
· a bad breakup
· or PTSD that impacts everyone, not just heroes of the war.
Trivial it may sound but losing our freedom due to the Covid-19 lockdown may also be a traumatic experience for some.
Trauma is a pervasive fact of modern life; both the sources and the consequences of it are wide-ranging and often hidden from our awareness despite them being in plain sight.
Sadly, there is still a lack of tolerance to emotional vulnerability in modern society. How many times have you been told to “Pull yourself together”, to “Get a grip” or “Just let it go”? I guess way too often, which leads to an unnecessary repressing of our true feelings and eventually it blocks us from healing.
Trauma is an individual experience; various factors can influence why one becomes traumatised. Trauma is most defined as something that is outside the range of usual human experience. This is only part of the bigger picture; we know that it can be caused by small or seemingly benign events too, it can be something we heard or witnessed, it can be a fall, an accident or it can be passed down to generations. It can be a single event or a set of persisting events or conditions.
After a traumatic event:
· people often cannot stop thinking about it
· they experience flashbacks, anxiety, and nightmares
· the memories of the event can be intrusive which can lead to emotional reactions, mood changes and even can interfere with day to day life.
· they may notice that they are easily startled or edgy
· they may become overwhelmed by fear, feel emotionally numb or quite the opposite, angry.
Every person is different, and they bring different issues in the treatment room. When you work with me, I tailor the treatments to your individual needs, to meet where you are and to recognise your speed with which you are ready to heal. You are leading the way in your healing.
Often patients are looking for a solution for a persistent physical symptom but during treatment, there is an emotional release; they might start talking about emotional issues or have a good cry. This again reinforces what we know: the trauma is stored both in the body and in the mind.
We have an innate capacity to heal but until the trauma/s are addressed, it hinders our ability to self-regulate and heal. Acupuncture can centre the person, address the underlying causes, and bring them back to homeostasis.
If you would like to work with me to help you heal, please get in touch,
I would be happy to discuss your unique situation.